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Im sorry- I just can't hold it in anymore.

Thread should entail:
1.Whos following it
2.Who are you want to win, team/person
3.General Talk

Me? I'll be 100% honest- I wasnt really big on F1 until now. I never hate it or disliked it- I actually love it,but I was just uneducated. Also I just never had the speed channel. My urge to watch it has come after many days of thinking about it, then my sad day came when I was in china and the gran prix for Shanghai was 2 hours away and I couldn't go. Made me realize what im missing out on.

Im kinda going for Honda/Jenson. I think with Barichello it might be a little better. Im not sure of Alonso's past but seems like he is getting some nice leads. Today in Albert Park he had around a 13+ lead. Pretty amazing! Plus cant forget about the 3 SC that had to come out!

Im just glad I got my gf's dish network to work :)

Im babbling. Lets hear you!
 

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Love F1. Haven't missed a race in years. I'm one of those nutjobs who actually get up at 5:00am on Sundays just to be up and ready for the live telecast at 6:00. Sure, I could TiVO or tape it and watch it later when I've actually had some sleep (and I do), but there's something about watching it live that I just can't resist. The Australian GP was easy on me in that regard, requiring only that I stay up a bit later than usual to finish the race. Too bad I couldn't make it. I taped it, went to bed around 11:00 last nite, and was up at 4:00 this morning, ready to watch. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit... ;)

So who am I rooting for? Hard to say. I like, respect, and admire ANYONE who can pilot an F1 car at the level that these drivers do. In recent years, I've had my favorites, but this year I'm not really pulling too much for one driver over another. As an American, I love seeing Scott Speed out there, and I'm encouraged that he's doing as well as he is. As an old fart, I like seeing Nico Rosberg (son of Keke) following in his father's footsteps. It's good to see Ferrari being competitive again, and at the same time it's good to see them NOT being utterly dominant. This season, it feels like there are a slew of teams and drivers with the talent and equipment to win, instead of just a few like we've had in recent years. Still and all, it's starting to look like Renault, Fernando Alonso, and Giancarlo Fisichella are going to run away with things - if the other teams don't get their acts together really soon.

Several scary moments in the Aussie GP; for me, the scariest of them all was Michael Schumacher's crash on lap 46. It was just too reminiscent of Senna's fatal crash. It was at high speed, it looked relatively minor (for a major crash, at least), but it scared me. Seeing Shumie's head bouncing around inside the car was unsettling, but it was what happened afterward, when he went to the pits, that really unnerved me. Here was the always calm, cool, and collected Shumacher walking into the TOYOTA garage, looking a bit rattled and lost, as if trying to figure out where he was. None of the announcers mentioned it, so it may just be that he was using the Toyota garage as a short-cut, but walking into another team's garage area is just something that isn't done. Too much proprietery information and equipment there; they'll barely let the camera crews in, much less another team's driver! It all had me thinking that Michael may have suffered a bit of a concussion.

Naturally, as a "Honda Guy", I have to root for Button, Barichello, Sato, and even "Oh-No" Ide. Button is a bit of a disappointment for me; so much talent, yet he seems to be capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. To be sure, his engine blowup going into the final turn of the race wasn't his fault, but it seems to be just his luck. Kimi Raikonnen seems to suffer from the same flaw - great driver who just can't get the breaks. I had high, high hopes for Honda when they signed Barrichello. After all, here was the driver who was routinely the second-best driver in F1 (behind M. Schumacher), in a time when being second best wasn't something to take lightly. With Ferrari's stumbles and missteps last year, I had very high hopes that Reubens' move to Honda would put him right at the top, or at least in a position to duke it out with Alonso. It seems that the new Honda just doesn't suit Barrichello's driving style, though. Where Ferrari fit him perfectly and allowed him to be at his best, the Honda doesn't seem to mesh with him at all. It's a shame, really, and I wish greater things for him. He's earned a better shot at a championship after so many years playing second fiddle to the man who's quite possibly the best F1 driver in history.

And when is Anthony Davidson going to get a full-time ride in F1? He's been among the fastest of the "third drivers" for Honda for some time now, and among the fastest of ALL F1 drivers in the Friday practice sessions. Hasn't he earned a ride? I doubt he could do worse in a Honda than Sato, Ide, or Barrichello have done, and on a good day, he could beat hard-luck Button as well.

Anyway, that's where I'm at for now. For me, the worst F1 race is still a damn sight better than ANY oval race. That might not be the popular opinion (especially in the States), but I'm not convinced it's the wrong one.

Mike
 

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I follow F1 religiously. I'll be watching as many races as possible live, the rest I tivo. I also watch practice and qualifications. This year the new rules for qualifications, albiet somewhat confusing, are great from a fans pov. It's allmost as good as the race itself.

I am a fan of the unpopular Jacques Villeneuve. Reason is that my first F1 race that I saw in person (and the only) was the 1978 Montreal GP with his father Gille winning. Seeing these cars in person is life changing. You might as well be racing F15 jets! (and there is a drag race with one on the web if you look for it!). The other reason I root for Jacque is that until this year he was the only driver from North America in F1. Now we have Scott Speed who I now have great hopes for. As for the drivers who are not in the middle of the pack Kimi is my man. My wife loves Alonso (Because he is Spanish and is "cute" :roll: ) And she thinks it a little funny that her boi won the GPC last year.

Nico Rosberg is a great new talent. Of course he won the GP2 championship and Scott Speed was 3rd. Also in Bahrain Nico had the fastest time of the day.

I love Jenson because he drives for Honda and speaks english as a first language~but man does he know how to fall off during a race...Toyota also qualify's well and falls off. It would be nice to see Jenson finally get a win after 100+ starts.

Also great to see the new Ferrari team coming together after last year. But I am also glad they are not dominating like the last 8 years!

If I am ever bored and need a shot of something to get my adrenalin going I watch the pass Kimi made on Fisi in the closing moments of the Japanese GP from last year....YOW! :shock:
 

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The race last night sucked. At least RB got his first point... but wouldn't have if all of the other cars wouldn't have crashed out. JB on the last lap...man...last corner. Must have pulled off for an engine change next race.
 

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Kwicko! Thats the name. I remember someone being fairly enthusiastic about F1 and I was hoping creating this thread it would bring that person out. Which it did. 8)

But Kwicko, I agree with everything you say and you put it extremly well. Of course there is "I own a honda 'root' for it." Yet when Speed comes on its inevitable to want him to do good. As well as many others that I don't want to go into extreme detail. Ill correct myself by just saying Im not rooting just for 1 exact person or 1 exact team. I just love watching it. :p

The part that I agreed with you most and said "man I wish I said that"(lol) was:
I like, respect, and admire ANYONE who can pilot an F1 car at the level that these drivers do.
I constantly tell my girlfriend how great it would be to even sit in one or be within 3 feet of one. The power, even though now a v8, is so great it would be just unbearable for a regular guy. The G's they go through in every corner is just that little bit that can break someone easily. Well said when you used to word respect because thats all I have for these guys.

Anyone ever see the video of the guy who bought a Ferrari F1 car? Im at my gfs house and ill find the link when I get home. But he matched the time of a 360 modena. What a lucky guy...i mean rich...lol

I can't wait for the next race. 'Till then ill be talking in here constantly.
 
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